What’s so great about Shakespeare? This question will be the starting point for a course in which you will have the opportunity to learn everything you ever wanted to know, and to ask every question you ever wanted to ask, about Shakespeare—as well as to learn things and ask questions that you had never thought of before. We will read four or five plays—and attend two or three live performances of plays—and you will be introduced to a variety of techniques for describing, with clarity and precision and maybe even some personal style, the artistic qualities and effects of these works and the nature and significance of your responses to them.
Prerequisite: 1.0 ENG FCE or any 4.0 FCE
Field trips: Excursions to London will include the outdoor and indoor theatres at the Globe. There will also be an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon to see a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The cost of these trips is CAD$375, paid to U of T for all fees, tickets and return bus transportation.
Instructor: Jeremy Lopez is Professor of English and the Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, the preeminent scholarly journal in Shakespeare studies. He is the author of numerous books and essays on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries including, most recently, The Arden Guide to Reading Shakespeare: Close Reading and Analysis. He is also the General Editor of The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama (forthcoming 2020), a revisionary collection of some of the most interesting, least-well-known plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. A sometime actor and director, Professor Lopez’s approach to teaching Shakespeare is informed by a deep understanding of the plays as texts to be performed. He has enjoyed teaching Shakespeare in the Oxford program twice before, in 2007 and 2016.